Thursday, January 15, 2015

Winter Projects

I'm been working on four projects this winter. Each of them is technically impossible. On one of them, I'm on "Plan G" now. The others are on plans C, approximately. And the break is over...

I've made some serious disastrous messes with a wide range of materials, down at the Foundry in the past couple of weeks. Some of the messes taught me something that will come in handy in my Installation Art class. Oh, and I even welded for a few hours, which is not my thing. Also, materials I need are, as usual, only available in minimum quantities of one shipping-container's-worth. If anyone counted my Google searches this winter, it would be scary.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Eastern State Penitentiary

I spent a week in Philadelphia, visiting my sister and her son, over the holiday. I had wanted for years to visit Eastern State Penitentiary-- and now I've done it!

 I'm not a photographer– just another urban-ruin-lover with an iPhone– although my sister, Kylie Wright, is a photographer, and I'd like to collaborate on projects with her some day. Anyway, it was a perfect day for our tour, and we had lots of fun.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Scholastic Aptitude series at Untitled Miami 2014

I have work in ADA Gallery's booth at Untitled Contemporary Art Fair in Miami right now. One of my pieces appears in Hi Fructose today.

The three sculptures in the Scholastic Aptitude series are made from notebook and sketchbook paper that has been stack-cut, custom hole-punched a few pages at a time, and then painstakingly spiral-bound. Two of these pieces suggest mountainous terrain, while the third is a woven structure with spiral bindings serving as flexible hinges. Form and Content (Internal Logic) is inspired by the notion that a material object can be the “vessel” for meaning or the bearer of a theory. Notes taken in the conceptualization stage of the piece are used to build the physical piece. Among these notes are quotes from architect Christopher Alexander, art historian E.H. Gombrich, and others, on the nature of pattern and the role of "rules" in patternmaking. Additionally one of Sol LeWitt’s “Paragraphs on Conceptual Art” is transcribed. This is an absurd attempt to “overstuff” an object with meaning, resulting in an object that seems merely self-absorbed. The piece called Horror Vacui celebrates the moment in which the excitement of acquiring a pristine new sketchbook turns to intimidation. Application of a Theory acknowledges the often dubious connection between a form and its ostensible “message.” The piece might also suggest a child who has devised a labour-intensive way to avoid her written homework.

Form and Content (Internal Logic), 2014
15" x 21" x 10"
Object made of generative notes towards its own manufacture
College-ruled notebook paper, chipboard, aluminum binding coil, ink 


Horror Vacui, 2014
30" x 20" x 8.5"
Drawing paper, chipboard, wire binding, misc.

Horror Vacui, detail

Application of a Theory, 2014
17.25 x 17.25 x 1.25
Legal-ruled notebook paper, chipboard, aluminum binding coil

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Shannon Wright: Heroic Measures, at Mulherin + Pollard

Folly (Colosseum of Rome) 2, 2014
Archival dye-infused print on aluminum
27.7” x 37.4”
Folly (Colosseum of Rome) 1, 2014
Archival dye-infused print on aluminum
27.7” x 37.4”

Installation view: Folly (Colosseum of Rome), 2014
Galvanized steel pipe and fence hardware
88” x 141” x 116”
Installation view: Folly (Colosseum of Rome), 2014
Galvanized steel pipe and fence hardware
88” x 141” x 116”
Flourish (Public Art), 2014
Galvanized steel pipe, hardware, sandbags
65” x 96” x 20.5”

Flourish (Public Art) 1, 2014
Archival dye-infused print on aluminum
16” x 24”
Flourish (Public Art) 2, 2014
Archival dye-infused print on aluminum
16” x 24”

Historic Preservationist Series (Heavy Equipment Tires)
Four archival dye-infused prints on aluminum, 30” x 28”
with Brendan Coyle

Snaidhm Cheilteach (Celtic knot)
After Irish cable knit patterns

Gireh Chini (knotted/ interlaced pattern)

After stone tiles in the Sircali Medrese, Konya, Turkey, 1240 AD
Ice-Ray (cracked-ice pattern)
After Chinese window lattice patterns, Szechwan, 1850 AD
Parcham (Banner/flag pattern)
            After tiles in the Alcazar de Seville, Spain, 1364 AD

Contributors to these projects:

Brendan Coyle, Digital Artist
Ninh Filip
Pete Farrell III
Michael Farrell  


Sunday, July 28, 2013

Summer 2013 Update

Last year, my entire summer was stolen from me when my landlords announced that they were not renewing my lease. They explained that they were going to turn my 680 square-foot one-bedroom apartment into a two bedroom apartment by building two new walls in the living room. (They did this in about five days and raised the rent by $425.00. Impressive!) So, I spent the entire summer searching for an affordable apartment in San Jose, and then moving, during this terrible rent spike. This summer I was determined to make up as much as possible for lost time. So, I haven't done a day of vacation-type things, but have just worked on art (plus the inevitable school issues that come up on most days.)
While I work on new projects, I have two pieces in a show called Navigating the New that's currently up at Pro Arts in Oakland. Here is a review of the show, which came out the other day. And here is a picture from Pro Arts' Facebook page.

Photo via Pro Arts, Oakland

Monday, June 24, 2013

Bob Robinson Makes a Classical Guitar

Hey wow, a new blog post! I stumbled on this amazing video about a month ago, of my friend Bob Robinson. I worked for Bob for only about a year and a half, right after grad school, in his custom furniture shop in Chicago. It was from Bob that I learnt most of what I know about woodworking. I left when Bob decided to pursue a longtime dream of becoming a veterinarian. Fortunately for the world, he quickly changed his plan and returned to another longtime dream of making classical guitars. I suggest watching this video in its entirety, because it's really cool. Bob Robinson: Luthier
Bob and his wife Deirdre have been running a high-end furniture business called Troscan Design for many years now, and he makes the beautiful guitars on the side.